Daley Proposes ‘Common Sense Gun Laws’
(Chicago Sun Times) — Flanked by the parents of slain Chicago Police officer Thomas Wortham IV, Mayor Daley on Monday proposed a package of new gun laws that might have kept Wortham’s alleged killers off the streets. Felons convicted of illegal gun possession or charged with other gun crimes would no longer be eligible for probation, under one of four new wrinkles in Daley’s annual package of gun control legislation. The lame-duck mayor is also proposing: a mandatory, ten-year prison sentence for pointing a gun at a first responder; a separate felony charge for parents or guardians who bring a child along when they commit or attempt a felony and automatic transfer from juvenile to criminal court for 15- to 17-year-olds charged with possession or use of a firearm. Wortham survived two tours of duty in Iraq, only to be gunned down in May in front of his parents’ home by thugs intent on stealing his motorcycle. The slain officer’s boyhood home is located across from a park the officer had worked to make safe for local kids.